Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy 2012!

Modern Starlings

Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I know it's been a bit quiet 'round these parts. I wound up unplugging and taking an unexpected (but much-needed) break from most things electronic over the holiday break.

We had a great Christmas here in the Quilt Dad house -- we actually stayed home for the first time, and it was a joy to see the kids wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. After Christmas, we headed up to New York City, where we visited with family, saw the tree at Rockefeller Center, and took the kids on their (now annual) pilgrimage to the American Girl store on 5th Avenue. We stayed in the Big Apple -- more specifically, Brooklyn -- through New Year's, and returned home on January 2nd.

Modern Starlings Block

While I work on gettin' my groove back, I wanted to let you know that I put together a new block pattern to celebrate the start of the new year! I call it "Modern Starlings", and the free pattern is available over on the Generation Q blog. I was excited that Scott, Jake, and the crew at Gen Q invited me to be a Guest Block Designer as part of their Playdate series, and quickly actualized this block that had been rattling around in the back of my head for weeks. I think it's a fun block with a lot of potential -- Scott and I have even been batting around some full quilt pattern ideas using this block.

I hope you like the block, and if you make any, I'd love to see them. Be sure to add them to the Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group.

Oh, and P.S. thanks for all of the love on my Hey Girl post. I am so glad that it was able to provide some laughs to so many of you over the past few weeks. I literally received hundreds of positive comments via the blog and Twitter, and one really ugly, nasty, negative email from someone who I clearly offended. Oh well, you can't win them all. I haven't had any flashes of Hey Girl inspiration since before the holidays, but who knows ... Ryan may make another appearance here on the blog soon.

10 comments:

  1. I like this block! I would love to see it in the context of a quilt, with others around it, or with negative space... (so get busy! :^) ) I know, I could get working on them, too...

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  2. I am really inspired by this block John. I watched the video and wow! wow! Isn't nature incredible. Showed my husband your block and asked what was his opinion - what does it look like to you - well, to be honest, first answer was a shirt collar?! and I said - don't look so hard - next he said 'Birds' Bingo and showed him the clip too. He's loved birds all his life and was amazed! I am really inspired to make him a quilt using just this block - I think I will! Thank you so much! I will let you know when Im done (maybe not for awhile - sewing is at a slow pace now that I'm studying). Cheers!, Bronwyn

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  3. Thank you for the block. I really like the construction.

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  4. I miss NY at Christmas. I grew up on Long Island and it was so nice to just hop on the train and be there!

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  5. I love this block and think it would look great surrounding an octogan on the top, bottom and sides with either solids in the corners or the edges of the next blocks. I'm horrible at explaining things, but in my head it looks neat. Like a snowflake.

    As for the Hey Girl post, I laughed until I peed a little.

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  6. Great looking block, it's so modern. Like the colors too.

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  7. It is an interesting block, I am thinking of how it would look in a quilt. I adore that movie, over on the Generation Q blog, thank you for sharing it, what a wonderful thing.

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  8. Welcome back, John. Glad you had a good holiday. I will be interested to see something bigger with your new block. It's got great lines.

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  9. Hi John. I stumbled across your blog and saw that you are in the triangle area. Have you heard of the Capital Quilter's Guild? You should join! http://capitalquilters.org/

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